Everyone has different budgets for their home décor updates, just like they have different needs for the look and function of their homes. I’ve read some articles recently that have offered some rather confusing advice about budgeting for certain items of furniture, so I wanted to offer my professional opinion on what items you should splurge and those you can save on for your home.
Splurge on your Sofa
In most households, the sofa sees a lot of traffic. It gets sat on, laid on, played on, eaten on, jumped on, climbed on and more. You want a sofa that is going to hold up under all that pressure! This doesn’t mean spending up big on luxe fabrics for a ‘showpiece’ of a sofa… your investment should be in the structure of the sofa itself, and making sure it’s upholstered in a sturdy fabric.
Save on Scatter Cushions
Scatter cushions are so readily available these days in every colour, pattern and texture imaginable, there’s no need to spend much on them. I’ve seen some gorgeous cushions for as little as $15! If you’re anything like me, you’ll change your scatter cushions seasonally to instantly update the look of a room … this has never been easier (or cheaper)!
Splurge on Custom Window Coverings
Custom window coverings are an investment that helps with everything from decorating the home to maintaining your privacy and your home’s ambient indoor temperature. While you might consider ready-made curtains a cost-effective alternative, just remember that custom window coverings are made to exactly fit your windows in your perfect choice of type, style and fabric, and will come with a decent warranty.
You’ll also have the option of UV protected fabrics that won’t perish and will protect you and your furniture from the effects of the harsh Australian sun. Fully lined blockout curtains or blinds can also help insulate your home, keeping it cooler in summer and warmer in winter, helping to reduce the cost of heating and cooling your home.
Save on Vases and other Small Decorative Accessories
As long as you’re not desperate to own hand-blown glass, cut crystal and handcrafted stone or pottery, there is a plethora of fabulous glass and ceramic vases and bowls, as well as candles, available for bargain prices. The first port-of-call when you’re on a budget and looking for vases and other small decorative accessories should be your local variety store. You will be amazed by the array of shapes and sizes they have on offer! Check out the supermarket for yummy smelling candles. Once you’ve artfully arranged some stunning flowers in your vase, and lit the candles, no one need ever know where they were bought.
TIP: Want a vintage touch in your decorative accessories? Have a look at your local charity store or op shop. You never know what they might have on offer. I’ve spotted cut crystal goblets, etched silver trays, vintage tea boxes, and a spectacular handmade rocking horse at my local op shop.
Splurge on your Dining Table
The dining table is where family and friends come together to share a meal. Make a statement with a beautiful dining table as the focal point of your dining space. I recommend choosing a table made from quality materials such as timber, metal and glass, and of sound construction.
TIP: Buy the best quality chairs you can afford. If you want to linger over a meal without getting a ‘numb bum’, make sure you sit on them before handing over your hard-earned cash!
Save on Wall Art
I love a quality artwork that has had months of love and hard work poured into it, and will recommend commissioned pieces for clients where possible. But for those who simply don’t have the budget, there are plenty of fabulous artworks, prints and photographs available for a fraction of the cost. Stores such as Ikea, K-Mart and Target have great collections of wall art as do many online retailers, all at reasonable prices.
TIP: If you’re feeling a little artistic, why not try your hand at creating your own artwork? There are some fantastic apps around to make this simple and lots of fun!